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May
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Clouds, trees, streams

No one, probably, has ever much doubted that these things are nice. Clouds, trees and streams represent nature in its most gentle, tranquil guise. Their appeal is instinctive. But we take them for granted. They form a pleasant background to other things: out of...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
12
May
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Why you should stop taking pictures on your phone – and learn to draw

Whenever something looks interesting or beautiful, there’s a natural impulse to want to capture and preserve it – which means, in this day and age, that we’re likely to reach for our phones to take a picture. Though this would seem to be an...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
26
Mar
Caspar

Wondering About Wonder

Early in the morning one day in spring I had one of those small but extraordinary experiences that is hard to forget. I came downstairs with my young daughter to find a brilliant pool of light on our kitchen ceiling. At first we just couldn't...
Posted by Caspar Henderson
17
Mar
Nature

How to Connect with Nature

‘The obvious is usually profoundly significant.’ (Edward O. Wilson) What does it mean to feel a connection with nature? It means gaining an insight into the most important network there ever has been and ever will be. It means becoming aware of our relationship with...
Posted by Tristan Gooley
13
Jan
Tennis Ball

How to Think More About Exercise

Meet Chad. Chad is a personal trainer, from the Coen brothers’ film Burn After Reading. He is a fictional character, but we recognize him immediately: muscular, handsome, full of energy and positive thinking – and as dumb as a sack of small stones. In fact,...
Posted by Damon Young
29
Nov
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Simply seeing

We are fooled by a scientific education if we believe that the accumulation knowledge brings us ever closer to the world around us. It is not knowledge that counts, when we are talking about direct and immediate human experience, it is method. “There is a...
Posted by Dr Hugo Whately
08
Nov
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Quick Guide to Sensory Experiments at Home

Picture yourself enjoying a meal outside an auberge in the Provençal countryside. The fields of lavender roll off into the distance. French voices murmur around you. You’re served a beautiful chilled Rosé in a rustic earthenware carafe. You ask what it is. The owner...
Posted by Russell Jones
27
Dec
Blue New Year Moon

A Moonlit New Year

The end of the year is the traditional season to take stock of your life: what better way than to do so by moonlight, connected to a much older cycle of time than the one we usually live by. I did this in...
Posted by James Attlee
17
Dec
James Attlee Moonlight

The Power of Moonlight

For those of us who live in an urban setting, moonlight, starlight and darkness itself are increasingly rare commodities. What do we lose by living in a man-built environment of perpetual day? This excerpt reveals the powerful psychological effect the night sky can have...
Posted by James Attlee
04
Sep
Nature Deficit

A Well Connected Life

The journalist and writer Richard Louv has coined and popularized an extremely catchy way of diagnosing something that is going wrong with our technology-rich, time-poor and ever more urban lives.  Starting with ‘Last Child in the Woods’ in 2005, and followed by ‘The Nature...
Posted by Hugo Whately
04
Jul
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Mark Earls takes a trip to the zoo

Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo… For much of my life, a trip to the Zoo has been a pleasant diversion, a reassuringly familiar tramp, around the caged curiosities with ice creams, small children and that lingering perfume of the banana at the bottom...
Posted by Mark Earls

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